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Red Wings’ prospects win first game 3-1: interviews with Athanasiou, Paterson, Sheahan, Blashill

The Detroit Red Wings' prospects defeated the Minnesota Wild's prospects by a 3-1 tally tonight in Traverse City, with Andreas Athanasiou scoring 2 goals, Riley Sheahan scoring the third and Jake Paterson stopping 20 of 21 shots--and the Wings face a stacked Dallas Stars team (Dallas defeated St. Louis 5-2) tomorrow night at 7:30 (the team practices at 11:30, and all practices are free and open to the public, with game admission at Centre Ice Arena costing $10).

I'll write up a little slate of player analyses in a bit, but I wanted to get the audio out to you ASAP. Those of us in the press corps spoke with the players in scrums this evening, so you may hear these interviews again.

Andreas Athanasiou discussed his superb performance, his desire to push the Wings to their first prospect tournament win and the reason he plays with a torn-up palm on his top hand glove:

Jake Paterson was disappointed that a goal scored with only 2:01 in the 3rd spoiled a shutout performance, but he played absolutely elegantly in the net, and really got hung out to dry by a team with a little brain fry late in the tilt. He talked about his performance, the "intermittent" workload and even his experiences at Canada's World Junior evaluation camp:

Riley Sheahan not only scored a goal, but he must have played almost 20 minutes, playing on the top line with Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen, working on the power play and the penalty-killing unit. He discussed his role as a leader, his ability to swap positions with Jurco for defensive coverage's sake, his goal and his goals for the tournament:

And Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill was incredibly accommodating, speaking with myself, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindneau and the Traverse City Record-Eagle's James Cook for over 9 minutes. Blashill talked about the game as a whole, the three players with the "A's" in Sheahan, Jurco and Max Nicastro, the play of Paterson, his decision to use Calle Jarnkrok and Marek Tvrdon on the power play points, his lines, the upcoming match-up with Dallas and the process of player evaluation leading up to training camp:

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SuperMatt75's avatar

Great stuff George, thanks!

Blashill really does channel Babcock.  Like a friggin clone, that one.

Posted by SuperMatt75 from the cool side of the pillow on 09/05/13 at 10:40 PM ET

DocF's avatar

In addition to Blashill, listen to Sheahan and you will hear a young Babcock clone.  The players get it, IMHO

Thanks, George, you do great work.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 09/05/13 at 10:51 PM ET

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